Bibiano Fernandes: Why I didn't sign with UFC

by Guilherme Cruz | source: tatame.com
 

In early June it was reported that Brazilian Bantamweight Bibiano Fernandes, DREAM champion before the event's demise, had signed with the UFC. Weeks later a number of MMA news sites reported that Fernandes suffered an undisclosed injury and would not make his promotional debut July 21 in Calgary, Alberta, at UFC 149 against Roland Delorme, as previously announced.

Then Fernandes posted on his Facebook page that he never signed with the UFC, and was weighing offers from both the UFC and Asia's ONE FC.

ONE FC recently announced that Fernades has officially signed with the Asia based promotion.

In an interview with Tatame, Fernandes explains why he chose not the sign with the world's dominant MMA organization.

Guilherme Cruz: What are the expectations for your One FC debut?

Bibiano Fernandes: I’ve fought all my life in Japan. Most of my fans live there. I guess One FC is just an extension of Dream. It’s not Dream, but the guys there have been helping one another at One FC. If you really look at it, you’ll see the guys that used to work on Dream here.

GC: Do you think One FC will be a huge success in the Asian market?

BF: It’s an event that needs to be watched, needs to grow too because that way the competition comes. UFC’s going to win it all. There’s no competition, none whatsoever. Even at my weight class, and I hope they hire good fighters in other classes too, but in all light divisions so things are balanced.

GC: There was a surprise when UFC announced you signed in for the Canada event but days latter it was announced they let you go. Days later you said you didn’t even sign that same contract. What really happened?

BF: Apart from family, it’d be a great opportunity for Bibiano, but when you put the family in the picture it’s not worth it. I don’t fight for me. I have people who rely on me. I’ve built what I had to build in MMA. It can be many people’s dream to fight in the UFC, but it ain’t mine. It’s all business to me. I’ve dreamed about being a champion, I earned three belts: one in Canada and two in Japan. If you have a dream, keep dreaming. If you want to fight, keep on trying. But this I’ll tell you: worship yourself otherwise nobody else will. And it’s not only on the fighting business, but in everything in life. People use you, use you, use you and then through you away like garbage.

GC: MMA is getting big in Brazil. Do you want to fight here?

BF: I dream on fighting in Brazil, of course. I want that. I’m an athlete and I like to compete. If it was at my hometown, Manaus, it would be even better. Fighting in front of my family and friends would be amazing but maybe in the future. We carry on and follow God’s plan.

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BIGFOOTinMyMouth site profile image  

7/1/12 12:18 PM by BIGFOOTinMyMouth

Now we need someone with an encyclopedic knowledge of MMA to proffer a list of exciting fighters who took some bad loses and were kicked to the curb after making an amazing debute paycheck of 16K. Othello, don't follow the same route as your namesake just because people have figured out they don't have to bend over and take it form Uncle Dana.

Othello site profile image  

7/1/12 10:57 AM by Othello

People that want to make millions instead of thousands??

12 site profile image  

7/1/12 10:49 AM by 12

yep,you can make lots of money in asia.its a big world.who really wants to work for dana anyway,the guys a trip. i think the ufc could get sued for the shit he says.i dont think you can talk about employees like that.

ChaosOverkill site profile image  

7/1/12 3:18 AM by ChaosOverkill

The CFL doesn't offer comparable money

MrMead site profile image  

7/1/12 3:17 AM by MrMead

I'm glad there are a couple of guys who know what they're talking about in here.

BIGFOOTinMyMouth site profile image  

7/1/12 2:53 AM by BIGFOOTinMyMouth

Ya, exactly the same. Except only if the Colts paid less and could cut you for missing a few tackles at any time they please.

Anomonis site profile image  

6/30/12 3:58 PM by Anomonis

Exactly, and I cannot blame him for that decision one bit.

Haadogei site profile image  

6/30/12 3:02 PM by Haadogei

to be honest, that is a bizarre, rambling answer to "why not UFC". Maybe lost in translation. Just like in other sports, it's always half BS when athletes say why they signed somewhere. Sounds like OneFC offered more money. It would be easiest just to say that openly.

PowdercoatKing site profile image  

6/30/12 2:46 PM by PowdercoatKing

Its like Andrew Luck not signing with the Colts because he wants to play in the Canadian Football League. Same deal.

herculestex1 site profile image  

6/30/12 10:43 AM by herculestex1

if you want to fight the best in the world, you go to the UFC right now......bibiano took more guaranteed money, instead of more money if you win...bird in the hand 2 in the bush kinda thing isnt it?